The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the Netherlands is rising drastically, despite 85% being vaccinated. population and re-introduction of some restrictions at the beginning of the month. Currently, bars and restaurants can open until 20. Partial lockdown did not help, and the authorities decided to resort to stronger measures.
The new rules will be frustrating, but we have no choice
– Prime Minister Mark Rutte said and informed that from next Sunday (November 28) all previous restrictions will be maintained and new ones will be introduced.
Lockdown from next Sunday
Enterprises that do not provide essential services will be open between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm. In the evening and at night, restaurants, bars and most shops will be closed. Second-cycle students, 12 years of age or older, will be wearing face masks. The government also insists that anyone with the option to work remotely and not plan a vacation. The principles of social distancing will have to be respected in workplaces. Masks should be worn in all public places.
Over 20,000 illnesses per day
In the country inhabited by just over 17 million inhabitants, there are over 20 thousand. infections daily. The highest figure was recorded last Wednesday, with 23,789 infections detected, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. The new infections come largely from unvaccinated students. Authorities fear healthcare overload and have ordered postponed treatments to be canceled. Some covid patients are treated in Germany.
The authorities are preparing for riots
In connection with the announcement of new restrictions, the Dutch services are preparing for further riots provoked by opponents of sanitary restrictions. Last Friday, the government’s idea of banning unvaccinated people from access to public spaces sparked riots in Rotterdam and The Hague.
On Friday, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge also announced a ban on flights from southern African countries. The reason is a new variant of Covid-19 that is spreading in six African countries and which the WHO has dubbed Omikron.